I am again arranging the final event of the program year for The Boston Entrepreneurs’ Network (ENET). This event is our annual Sunset Networking Cruise of Boston Harbor to occur nine days from now on Thursday evening, July 14, 2016. This cruise, our “EntrepreneurSHIP 2016” will be joined by our partners MDG – Medical Development Group, WIE – IEEE Women In Engineering, The EntreTech Forum, and the Massachusetts Bio Pharma Networking Group (MBPNG).. The cruise sponsors are Oasis Outsourcing, and its representative Peter O’Neil http://www.oasisadvantage.com/, Babson College and AnaSpec, Inc..
This is the 14th ENET summer networking cruise that I’ve arranged. The group will cruise out of Rowes Wharf in Boston with a light dinner served aboard. Over 150 attended last year. Five of the last six cruises have had over 150 people in attendance, and that attendance or more is expected this year. So, it makes for a good networking opportunity for early stage entrepreneurs and investors.
This is also an enjoyable and casual ending to ENET’s 25th programming year, September 2015 to July 2016, just concluding. We also invite back our speakers from our 19 program meetings in 2015-2016 to join us.
You get to see all the wonderful sights of Boston Harbor at sunset. Great networking and great food (catered by Off The Vine Caterers), all at a very reasonable price! There is close access to the T and if you drive in, there is even parking across the street for $7.00 for the evening.
Hopefully, this networking event will be helpful to entrepreneurs in small and early stage companies I represent. Hope you will make it to join the EntrepreneurSHIP 2016 next week on Thursday July 14! There’s still time, book today!
For more information or to register for the cruise, go to http://www.boston-enet.org/event-2202727
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I remain active in ENET, a Waltham and Cambridge based group that aids founders, entrepreneurs, small and early stage companies, and people who invest or work in those companies. I have been on the ENET Board since 2002, and served as Chairman since 2009, re-elected in May 2015 to my fourth 2-year term as ENET Chair. During the period of my leadership, ENET’s annual program has grown from 10 meetings per year to 19 for 2015-16 year just completed: 10 meetings in Waltham, and 9 in Kendall Square Cambridge, plus our annual cruise of Boston Harbor to end the program year. Each meeting has three or more speakers on a subject of interest to entrepreneurs and company founders, in life science, tech and other areas of New England’s innovation economy.
On January 30, 2016, at a ceremony at the national meeting of IEEE-USA in Las Vegas, NV, the President of that organization Peter Eckstein (pictured below) presented me with the IEEE-USA professional achievement award for “extreme dedication and contributions to the IEEE entrepreneurial community”.
Besides my work as ENET Chair, and annual cruise director, I have organized and moderated five (5) earlier meetings this program year.
Last month, on May 17, 2016, I was organizer, moderator and a speaker on ” Impact Entrepreneurship and Your Triple Bottom Line”, with Cheryl Kiser, Mark Donohue and Rebecca Hamilton, an all star panel on this subject, where I concluded the proceedings speaking about certified B corps and Chapter 156E the newly enacted benefit corporation law in Massachusetts. to see my slides and others, go to
On April 5, 2016, I was meeting organizer and moderator for the ENET meeting on “Strategic Alliances for M&A and Successful Exits”. We had three great speakers including Charles Lax on Grand Banks Capital and Richard Kimball of Bigelow & Associates. To see my write up on the meeting and slides from each of our four speakers, go to http://www.boston-enet.org/event-2017600
On January 5, 2016, I was meeting organizer and moderator for the ENET meeting on “ Product Development in Life Science & Tech Startups.” We had four wonderful and quite complimentary speakers, a full house in Waltham, with 112 in attendance, and great audience questions. We began with the big picture of product development across life science fields and then focused on a single company’s successful development, launching and sales of a customer-driven medical device / consumer product. Then moving to tech, our third speaker focused on key design issues and our 4th speaker closed on scaling and production issues. To see my write up on the meeting and slides from each of our four speakers, go to http://www.boston-enet.org/event-2017595
On October 6, 2015, I was meeting organizer and moderator for the ENET meeting on “Innovative Ways to Bootstrap Your Startup Company.” We had three great speakers, a full house in Waltham and great audience questions. To see my write up on the meeting and slides from each of our three ENET speakers, go to http://boston-enet.org/event-2017582
On September 1, 2015, I was meeting organizer and moderator for the kick-off meeting to ENET’s 25th year. For that meeting in Waltham, our subject was “Giants of the Startup Community, Founders who made it Big, tell what’s Important”. It was a great evening for ENET where our founders of startup companies heard stories of entrepreneurial challenges, surprises, disappointments, victories and triumphs.
To see slides from the September 1 ENET event, go to – http://boston-enet.org/event-2005499
Additionally, in prior years, I’ve moderated and/or spoken at a number of ENET panel presentations, including presentations on the following subjects:
- “Building and Using Board of Directors and Boards of Advisors ” , April 2015 (moderator),
- “Founder Agreements and Stock Vesting – Building a Team, Protecting yourself, Managing expectations ”. February 2015 (moderator & speaker)
- “Entrepreneur Success Stories ” , September 2014 (moderator),
- “Raising Money from CrowdFunding” , May 2014 (moderator),
- “Ready, Set, Launch. Knowing when you’re ready & How to start a company” , September 2013 (moderator),
- “Bootstrapping 101: Alternative Ways to fund a Startup without an Angel or VC”, November 2012 (moderator)
- “Seed and Angel Financing” , October 2012 (moderator),
- “Getting Stuff for Free”, April 2012 (moderator),
- “Transforming Your Idea into a Successful Company”, September 2011 (speaker and moderator),
- “Get Going! Launching a Successful Business”, September 2010 (moderator),
- “Licensing Technology”, February 2010 (moderator),
- How to Select and Retain Management for your Startup Company”, February 8, 2008 (speaker and moderator)
- “Getting Initial Money to go from Nothing to Something”, October 2007 (speaker and moderator)
- “Strategic Alliances and Partnerships: to build, finance, and develop early stage companies”, November 2006 (speaker and moderator)
- “Building Boards of Advisors and Boards of Directors”, March 2006 (moderator)
- “Protecting Your Intellectual Property”, January 2006 (speaker)